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Girls in The Windows / 1960 / Ormond Gigli / In 1960 Gigli bought a brownstone on East 58th Street. He turned the ground floor into a studio, the first floor into his family home, and set about renovating the apartments on the upper floors. He came up against resistance from Marcel Duchamp, a founding figure of the Dada and Modernist movements, who lived on the top floor. Duchamp was reluctant to leave the apartment as he thought the stairs kept him young. He moved out, however, on the arrival of Gigli’s renovators. The building opposite Gigli’s became the focus of his famous Girls in Windows.
Claudia Kaak, Untitled (Series 11, Nr. 6), Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 cm, 2016.
Have you ever heard of dissociation? It's only one of many symptoms of the complex posttraumatic stress disorder. The painting which is showing at the artfair Hannover Art Show deals with that subject. It belongs to my closed Series 11.
Lorena Kloosterboer wrote an very good article about my work. There she discribes the series: "The narrative of Series 11 symbolizes feelings of dissociation, alienation, and powerlessness. Kaak, who has a history of self-harm, explains the importance of connecting to the physical self when one feels utterly disconnected from the world and even from oneself. The hands feeling, fondling, stroking the earth are her way of showing how touching something real and tangible can help to alleviate excruciating feelings of isolation. Kaak says, “Feeling the soil when you’re full of pain that you don’t know what to do or how to react, the mud helps you feel you are real.” It’s a gripping visual representation of the grounding of oneself while the watch acts as a symbolic reassuring reminder that these dark moments are not endless—they too will pass." If you like to read more about this subject, I recommend you, among others, these sites:
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